Photos: Southold’s annual ‘Senior Prom’ event in Mattituck

TIM KELLY PHOTO | The kings and queens at Friday evening’s prom event.

For the sixth year, Southold Town and Mattituck High School teamed up to throw a “Senior Prom” Friday afternoon at the Human Resources Center in Mattituck.

Students and residents who take part in the town’s senior nutrition program shared an early dinner and an afternoon of dancing, including selecting two sets of prom kings and queens.

The prom was established in 2008 to foster better relations between residents at either end of the age spectrum.

“At that time, there was such a gap between the seniors and our students that it was our thought to try to bring them together,” said Lynne Krauza of Cutchogue, who at that time served on the school board.

Since then the town and the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District have held similar events, including bringing school musicians to play for the seniors and busing seniors to the school for student plays.

Friday’s event was just like any other prom, but with two different groups invited, said Karen McLaughlin, senior program director.

“They came for dinner and dancing and had a blast,” she said.

The senior king was Bill Buhler of Southold, and the senior queen was Frances Talbot of Mattituck.

The high school king was Chris Baglivi, and the Queen was Cyndie Piscatello, both of Mattituck.

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